Year in Review 2014: Amy’s Three Favorite Stories

Our Year in Review series features the best of life at Full Sail in 2014, highlighting award-winning grads, student work, industry guests, and more.

With more than 50 campus and online degree programs (plus dozens of special campus events and celebrations), I had a chance to write about a little bit of everything this year. The three stories below were my favorite. And just like I said last year, if you were to ask me tomorrow, I’d probably have three new favorites.

  • Technology is the second highest-grossest industry in Central Florida, and the city’s growing start-up culture is helping to make downtown Orlando an awesome place to live and work. In “Orlando’s Tech Scene: Years in the Making,” I enjoyed talking to local experts and faculty members about how Full Sail helps foster this economy.

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  • I used to love watching a reality competition show on AMC called The Pitch, which followed agencies around as they prepared to pitch a huge client. So for “The Art of the Pitch (And How To Win It),” it was awesome to sit down with Sixth Annual Hall of Fame inductee and Computer Animation grad Nathaniel Howe and talk about what it’s really like when working on a pitch. He’s the Creative Director at Beverly Hills agency NathanielHowe, where he’s worked with ESPN, The Discovery Channel, and more.
  • We’re all guilty of spending too much time on Facebook. But before talking to Digital Literacy Course Director Joe Huber earlier this year, I had no clue that the average time somebody spends a day on social media sites is a whopping 3.2 hours. His “Tips for Preventing Internet Addiction” are helpful for everyone, whether you’re guilty of that 3.2 hours or not. I found myself following a lot of them after writing this story.